The Year 11 student from Murtoa in Western Victoria took up the hobby of restoring self-playing pianos after buying one from his music teacher.
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A 145-year-old Pleyel piano has been brought back to life by one of the last surviving piano makers and restorers in a lost generation of craftsmen.
A piano is not just a musical instrument but also a piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room.
A piano hits all the right notes in the homes of those who have musicality in mind. But, being a proficient piano player isn’t a prerequisite to having a music room, which can bring a note of sophistication to your house.
Not only can a piano be a key furnishing, it also becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed, says Robert Berger, spokesman for Steinway & Sons in New York City.
Turn your upright piano into the star of the room or a great supporting player.
If you have a new or used piano or are pondering the idea, here are some tips on finding a stylish place where your piano sounds and looks great.
My sister just added a beautiful black upright piano to her home. It has turned her place into a musical hot spot for family and friends and has me thinking about getting one. But where would I put it, and how do I design a room with it?
Hear from the people who keep New Zealand’s pianos sounding sweet, from old dingers to Steinway grands. We meet the man who tuned Paul McCartney’s family “joanna” and hear stories of the itinerant piano tuners who were much sought after in 19th century New Zealand. (24′19″)
Conservative | Modern | Innovative.
- With the conservative approach, the restorer places a high priority on preserving as much of the original instrument as possible.
- With the modern approach, the restorer attempts to make the piano only as good as it was when new, closely maintaining the original design.
- With the innovative approach, the restorer not only replaces worn parts with new, but also feels free to modify the design of the instrument in any way that, in the restorer’s judgment, would make it perform better — even in ways the manufacturer never contemplated and might not approve of.
In this article, several well-respected piano restorers, each approximately representing one of the above positions, explain their approaches to restoration in general and, specifically, how they might be applied to various eras of Steinway grands.
Read more at: Three Approaches to Piano Restoration: – PianoBuyer